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Bebop Spoken There

Lou Donaldson: "(On Art Blakey) Everything changed. Especially when the women came in, sat down in the front row, and raised their skirts above their knees. Then the drums got louder, the tempos got faster, and every tune was a drum solo" - (JazzTimes, November 2019.)

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Today Saturday December 14

Afternoon

Jazz

Anth Purdy - Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth NE24 5JF. Tel: 01670 543773. 11:00am-1:00pm. Free. Christmas Fair.

Jazz Attack - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 3:30pm. Free (concourse). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Jambone - Sage Gateshead, St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 4:00pm. Free but ticketed (Sage Two). Young Musicians Live! YMP Winter Festival.

Evening

Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regents Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 8:00pm. £12.00. + bf. Second night of two.

Sold Out!

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Blues/Funk/Soul

Loft Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Quartet Grew Smaller + Improv Jam @ Jazz Café









Matt Robinson (clarinets); Seth Bennett (bass); Phil Marks (drums) + Karen Rann (soprano sax); Paul Taylor (piano).
(Review/photos by Ken Drew/Heading by Lance!)
Disappointingly, Stephen Grew had to call off his visit at the last minute, leaving the trio to play to the quite reasonably sized audience at the Jazz Café (downstairs).  Treated to 2 sets with good solos all round from Matt, Seth and Mark, underpinned throughout by  constantly changing drums/brushwork/effects from a very energetic Phil on drums.    The 2 sets were followed by the usual (but shortened) improv night where Karen Rann (soprano sax) and Paul Taylor (piano) stepped up to make a quintet, and followed on very nicely from where the trio had left off.   A good night, leaving us with the expectation of a re-visit with Stephen!
Ken.

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